Dance Me! is a dance marathon between two competing generations. The stage is an arena in which She She Pop and guests take on the role of the elderly; the others are a group of young performers. Mutual incomprehension, otherwise known as the generation gap, is brought to the stage and celebrated in a strict dance ritual. The teams take turns: those who are not on the dance floor man the microphones and make music. The two generations not only make the other group dance to its beat: they also push each other while chalking up a long list of complaints. Or is it a show of admiration? Gratitude? — We don’t know. For the show, the two teams have practised separately and face off their opponents with their latest moves.
What is a generation anyway? Does it really exist? And if so: what do we have to say to each other? Look here, listen: this is what we have learned, this is where our wisdom lies, this is our concern, our desire, our boredom, our blind spot. This dance step, this formation tells of it, this song line sums it all up! Get up, stand up / Let me hear your body talk / Don’t stop til you get enough / Shablam for me / Da Da Da / Dance me to the end of love…! For the show, the two teams have practised separately and face off their opponents with their latest moves.
Audience discussion afterwards
Duration: 1 hr. 30 min.
Concept: She She Pop. By and with (old): Sebastian Bark, Dan Belasco Rogers, Santiago Blaum, Johanna Freiburg, Fanni Halmburger, Lisa Lucassen, Mieke Matzke, Ilia Papatheodorou, Tatiana Saphir, Claudia Splitt, Berit Stumpf. By and with (young): Hiyam Biary, Eren M. Güvercin, Jan Nwattu, Şimal Nil Şahin, Nikolas Stäudte, Béla Arnaud Weimar- Dittmar, Zelal Yesilyurt, Sindi Zeneli.
Artistic Advice: Laia Ribera Cañénguez, Rodrigo Zorzanelli Cavalcanti, Set: Jan Brokof, Costumes: Lea Søvsø, Costumes Assistance: Marie Göhler, Gabi Bartels, Light Design: Andreas Harder, Light Design Assistance: Vito Walter, Choreographic Advice: Jill Emerson, Sound Design: Xavier Perrone, Technical Director: Sven Nichterlein, Production: Valeria Germain, Production Assistance Young: Sarah Mounia Kachiri, PR & Communication: ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture, Freelance Communication Support: Tina Ebert, Financial Administration: Aminata Oelßner, Company Management: Elke Weber.
Workshop Input: The Darvish, Jasmine Thomas, Bree Hauschild. Special Thanks to: Max Knoth, Stella Konstantinou and Peggy Mädler.
Live Translation English (HAU): PANTHEA / Irina Bondas.
Audio Description (HAU): Martina Reuter/Pingpong Translation & Subtitling.
A production of She She Pop in Co-production with HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by the City of Berlin – Department for Culture and Europe.